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The Power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21)Gary McManus, May 15, 2016
Part of the New Life series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
May 15, 2016 Pentecost Sunday
(the birthday of Jesus’ church)
Acts 2:1-21 (p.1078 / p. 1091)
including Joel 2:28-31 (p.902 / p. 911-2)
For today also see Acts 1:6-9
The Greek word Pentecost simply means
50 days. The Jewish festival is called “Weeks”
and celebrates the giving of the commandments
on Mt. Sinai. Fifty days refers to fifty days after
Passover. Passover is a lunar holiday based on moon
phases and since Pentecost depends on Passover,
Pentecost is never on the same day every year and
it is not celebrated on the same Sunday every year.
Pentecost was also tied to the wheat harvest (See
Leviticus 23:15ff., Numbers 28:16, Deuteronomy
16:9-12). It does explain why there were Jews from
all over the Mediterranean present in Jerusalem at that time.
ALL the believers present that day received
the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 1:8, Acts 2:33 and
in fulfillment of Joel 2, mentioned/ repeated in 2:17.)
[Then, later, clearly the Holy Spirit is given to
BELIEVERS: Acts 2:38, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:44,
Acts 20:23, ]
Superman has super powers.
Would they help us today?
The gift of the Holy Spirit is called a power
. . .powerful. . .
See Acts 1:8
YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER. . . .
Power was DEMONSTRATED (Acts 2:6-7).
See also Romans 15:13, 15:19
THIS power is mighty to save.
. .this power is mighty to fight the
battles of the 21st century.
. . . to declare the mighty acts of God
to an unbelieving generation or to a
heathen nation like ISIS.
. . . in the fight against zigra or any disease.
The first three Americans to contract
Ebola were health workers with
Christian missions like Dr. Kent Brantly
At Pentecost people heard in a language
that they understood. (Acts 2:6-7)
Your stated language is English but maybe
another language would communicate:
-- the language of TIME. . .
-- the language of Friendship / Compassion
-- the language of acts of kindness
This power is also yours.
The Holy Spirit is yours for a purpose
—that others may HEAR the mighty acts of
our awesome God.
mentioned in today’s message
Centers for Disease Control website: Ebola cases
during the outbreak, 3,151 confirmed by a laboratory
and 4,806 deaths.
From HIV/AIDS epidemic to the Ebola crisis in
West Africa, Christian relief groups like Catholic
Charities, SIM USA, Samaritan’s Purse, Medicus Christi
— among others— have been building and maintaining
health centers, clinics, hospitals, patient education campaigns
and providing ongoing care to those who need it most.
Volunteers for these missions and countless others have
been risking their own health and safety because God has
called them to use their skills and talents to help others.
The power of the Holy Spirit!
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2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ (ESV)